Here’s another recent arrival from my postcard penpal friend. He was recently in Milan, Italy and sent me this circular treasure for the Collection:
This is one of the few perfectly circular postcards I have. Also, the only one I have of Milan (I have lots from Rome, Venice, and Florence even Forte dei Marmi, but none from Milan for some reason.)
Here’s the back of the postcard:
Postcard caption: “Scala Theatre”
“Glen I went to Milan today. The city was better than I expected. I don’t really like the picture on this card, but the unusual shape, I’m sure is something you’ll appreciate. Cheers!”
I do appreciate it! Lo adoro! Grazie!
I’ve mentioned before that I have a lot of postcards from Florida, United States. You’d be surprised that amongst the many postcards of ocean sunsets, palm-tree decked beaches, Disney World, and local wildlife there are quite a few of overweight people in bathing suits. These are normally accompanied by a mocking caption, such as this one I found on my last visit to Florida:
“Chocolate milkshake, cherry pie, count the dimples in my thigh! Florida, ya gotta love it!”
I like postcards that are odd shapes – officially these postcards are known as die cut. This recent find from my Florida trip below, however, gives new meaning to the term die cut!
After the Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, my family and I stopped at The Bay at their flagship store at Yonge Street and Queen Street. It’s been our family tradition for years to visit Santa there and then for a present my daughter gets to pick out an ornament. But this year I too got some presents!
The Bay’s stationery department had a rack of amazing greeting postcards. I’ve been good this year so I bought a bunch, including these gems:
I’m not sure the word to describe this facial expression, but it’s very striking.
That’s Audrey Hepburn posing above. The postcard below is a die-cut of an owl.
The following postcard speaks for itself:
Lately, Toronto has been very good to me for postcards. Christmas is coming early!
I recently got back from a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. For the most part, it was a horrible trip. As a complete and wonderful surprise the city has an amazing array of postcards readily available!
Here’s the first of my great finds:
To tell the story of my trip, I wrote myself a postcard, of course:
“My third trip to Vancouver and this trip was enough to make me never want to come here again (let alone live here). Horribly overpriced (even for the flop house Hotel) and pretentious, but the worst is the omnipresent crime, drugs, mentally ill, and homeless. There’s also not any really good attractions. They do, however, have a vibrant postcard presence! Uggh!”
Stay tuned here for more recent acquisitions from Vancouver – it almost made the trip worthwhile (no, it didn’t).
The strike against my employer, University of Toronto, continues on with no end in sight. Problems galore have resulted for me. In response, I would like to change a great quotation from the great W.C. Fields “A union drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank them.”
In honour of my need to drink, here’s one of my favourites from the Collection:
This is tied as my favourite of the odd-shapes postcard type (the other one is of the Queen’s head) and is certainly among the best could not have said it better postcard images too.
Here’s the back side:
“I went to Edinburough this weekend for a hen night. It was an all new experience for me – if ever Britain and you see a large group of girls who are dressed up like either brides, cowgirls, fairies, etc. then its is bride to be. Our weekend included much scotch and a ghost hunt, as well as bowling. The wonders of British culture never cease to amaze.”
Yesterday’s post on Dieppe, displayed Canada’s tragic WWII history. This recent arrival below depicts a more successful segment of Canada’s history. It is a photograph of the Canadian troops landing on Juno Beach. The ally invasion of Nazi-occupied France was central to Germany’s defeat.
A bicycle that they are unloading (on the right) isn’t what I would have initially considered essential gear. And boy does the guy on the left have a lot of gear!
The sender also remarks on another element of the photo:
“Normandy Landing, 6th June 1944. The 3rd Canadian division land in the JUNO sector.
“More from Juno Beach. I didn’t know they let guys in glasses serve in the front lines. We were at Pegasus Bridge yesterday – site of the first D-Day battle.
Bonus a square card!”
This may be the first perfectly square postcard in the Collection – round, oval, and other odd shapes are fairly common but not square ones. I wonder if the square shape better captures the aspect ratio of the original photograph?
Update: June 18, 2019
I recently received an update that the postcard has incorrectly attributed the image to Canadian forces. Here’s the message I received from Ellen:
I just need to correct you. You show a photo at the top of your page about the D’Day landings saying its Canadians. It is in fact British Royal Marine Commandos. The man in the forefront of the image is my uncle James of the 4th Special Services (Royal Marine Commandos). It is wrongly labelled 9n another site attributed to the Canadians. This landing image is their arrival on Nan Red sector of Juno Beach. This can be verified with the collection at the Imperial War Museum online.